Achieving sustainability is usually focused on the exterior of a structure, but new awards and a new rating system will recognise excellence in green interior design.
Jane Parkins reports, on Interior Design Source, that Australian interior design is beginning to embrace green building principles, with the US and UK markets already reaping the benefits in increased productivity and long-term economic savings.
The Your Future Home – Green Interior Awards are now offering designers incentives to consider the environmental benefits of their interior.
The awards aim to highlight designers who complete projects with a green theme and to educate designers in new ways to look at interiors.
Australian Living sustainable interior design consultant Daphna Tal will judge the awards along with panel members Sydney magazine editor and interiors blogger Jen Bishop and sustainability driven interior designer, speaker and writer Emine Mehmet.
Entries for the award program close in November.
As a further incentive, the Green Building Council of Australia has launched a Green Star rating tool for interiors this month, also.
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said this new rating tool would help more people to enjoy comfortable, healthy and productive indoor environments.
She said companies working in green interiors understood these workplaces could boost productivity and “act as a powerful recruitment and retention tool”.
“Green is now the norm – where it used to be a bonus in a building, it is now expected,” says Simon Hunt, Colliers International Managing Director of Office Leasing.
The challenge is now on to find the best green interiors and encourage more designers and tenants to reap the associated benefits.